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Tensions Rise Over New Round of Defense Cuts

Capitol Weekly - January 31, 2012, By John Howard

Facing a weak economy and looming military cuts that potentially include new base closures, a push is under way to extol the benefits that defense spending and military installations provide to local economies in six states of the Southwest, including California.

Defense Secretary Panetta Holds News Briefing on Defense Strategic Guidance and Budget Issues

CQ Transcriptions - January 26, 2012


Good afternoon, everybody.

As all of you know, this department has undertaken a very fundamental review of its defense strategy and of our spending priorities.

Panetta, Defense Industry Meet as Huge Cost Cuts Loom

Chicago Tribune - January 20, 2012, By Andrea Shalal-Esa, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly 40 U.S. aerospace and defense industry executives met with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in Washington on Friday amid signs that huge planned cuts in military spending are already squeezing industry profits and prompting layoffs.

Panetta Ends Probation of Marines’ F-35 Warplane

The New York Times - January 20, 2012, By THOM SHANKER

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta visited a flight testing center along the shores of Chesapeake Bay on Friday to give a lift to the beleaguered F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, announcing that he was taking the Marine Corps version of the costly warplane off probation.

Remarks by Secretary of Defense Panetta at the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, Texas

U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) - January 12, 2012

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE LEON PANETTA: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thanks, Silver (sp), for that great, warm introduction. I really appreciate it. And I really appreciate the invitation to be able to come down to Fort Bliss and to be here this evening. I really feel honored in a number of ways.

DOD Releases Defense Strategic Guidance

U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) - January 5, 2012

President Barack H. Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey released an unclassified version of the defense strategic guidance today at a Pentagon press conference.

Boeing Shuttering Wichita Plant

DoD Buzz - January 4, 2012, By John Reed

In what may be a harbinger of the immediate future for the aerospace industry, Boeing just announced that it’s closing its Wichita, Kan., facility, home to its B-52 and KC-767 military programs, next year.

Redeployments, BRAC Lead to Crowded Posts

Army Times - December 18, 2011, By Michelle Tan and John Ryan - Staff writers

As the withdrawal from Iraq comes to a close and surge troops deployed to Afghanistan begin coming home, installations across the Army are bracing for the return of thousands of soldiers.

Military Growth Task Force to Shut Down in 2013

JDNews.com - December 17, 2011, By HOPE HODGE, DAILY NEWS STAFF

This month, the Military Growth Task Force in Swansboro announced it would be shuttering in early 2013, though organization leaders say the timing only happens to coincide with Marine Corps plans to draw down local forces by 7,000 troops.

Military Presence Remains in North Suffolk

Suffolk News-Herald - December 17, 2011, By Emily Collins

When the disestablishment of U.S. Joint Forces Command was announced in the summer of 2010, it seemed like it could be the end of the military’s presence in North Suffolk.